Season to begin Saturday
MILAN — Italy’s soccer season will kick off Saturday, after a row about pay TV rights delayed the start for two weeks.
Six cash-rich clubs in the top Serie A have agreed to bail out poorer teams in the league, it was announced Tuesday, to the relief of the country’s soccer-mad auds.
Eight teams had refused to play because they were unhappy with the deal offered by cash-strapped feevees Stream and Telepiu, and the $62 million contract signed with pubcaster RAI by soccer league prexy Adriano Galliani.
Galliani, who runs AC Milan, said Serie A top clubs (Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Llazi and Parma) had decided to help out other teams because “the important thing is that the season starts and the country returns to normal.”